Visiting New York – Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbour. Whilst the only way the public is allowed to go to Liberty Island is by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry, getting to New York is very easy, thanks to lots of cheap flights to New York’s two major airports, Las Guardia and JFK. Private boats are not allowed to dock at the island.

The ferries to Liberty Island depart from two locations only. They are Battery Park, New York City and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. For information on how to get to these two departure points and how to get to the island from there, go to Statue Cruises.

Before you board the ferry to Liberty Island you must pass through security similar to airport security. You need to arrive early because the waiting time can be long. During peak seasons waiting time can be hours long.

Because the hours you can visit the island change throughout the year, it is best to call the Park’s information line at (212) 363-3200 for hours of operation for the day you plan to visit.

The statue has stood on her pedestal in New York Harbour for all or parts of three centuries. She holds her torch high with her right arm. The Statue of Liberty, also known as Lady Liberty is an icon of the United States that is known throughout the world.

Many of us think of the Statue of Liberty as being purely a product of the United States, when in fact she was a gift from the people of France. A gift that has been standing on liberty island (formally Bedloe’s Island) in the harbour from the 19th century.

Who Designed Her?

The sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi designed the copper sculpture. But he had to enlist the help of Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel the designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris to design the iron skeletal framework that holds the copper pieces, which form the sculpture outer surface.

How did she get to New York from France?

How did the statue get to the United States? The French frigate Isere transported it from France across the Atlantic to New York City and it’s harbour. It was received on June 17, 1885. To make the crossing it’s 350 individual pieces were packed into 214 crates.

What do you see on Lady Liberty?

There is a crown, which has seven spikes. The spikes represent the seven continents and seven seas of the earth. The public were once allowed to go to the crown, but no longer are allowed to go there. There is a torch. The torch represent enlightenment. The current torch, which the statue stands holding aloft by it’s right arm is a replacement of the original. The replacement was added in 1986. It has a flame made of copper covered in 24K gold. The original is currently inside the lobby of the monument. The table. The statue holds in her left hand a table. Written on it is July 4, 1776, in Roman numerals, the date of American Independence. Lady Liberty wears sandals and a roman stola. There is a broken chain around the Statue’s feet that symbolize the freedom that she has. The torch has been closed to the public since 1916.